I have been really quite decadent and have ordered myself no less than three new outfits for work.
Yesterday Mr Caspar Gabor – he’s our studio manager and in charge of the day-to-day running of the studio including finances – informed me that I am to be given a $5 raise in view of how hard I’ve been working lately. It is true that I have rarely left my desk much before 10pm, but as I know that Miss Holt is often there later than I, I really don’t mind.
Still it is important that I, as a representative of an “up and coming” studio, look up to the minute in my attire.
It wouldn’t do for word to get around that Players Incorporated was hiring old fuddy-duddys to work in the office – and of course with my hair in the latest style now, it looks strange to be of the last decade from the chin down only!
Earlier this year, the police department of a town named Sunbury, Pennsylvania, issued an edit that all women’s skirts must reach at least 4 inches below the knee.
Well just for that, one of the skirts I ordered is 3 inches below my knee.
It felt very strange to feel a breeze blowing around my calves when I stepped outside during the fitting to see the color in the light, but one way or another, the “powers that be” are going to have to learn that they can no longer tell women what we can and cannot do. I have retained one of my “old time” outfits of long calico skirt and blouse for if I should manage to take a vacation long enough to visit home this summer. (My little town of Nacka, Minnesota is not ready for flapper style, I fear!)
I have ordered two versions of the suit I settled on – one in the blue (the military detail on the coat is just so thrilling, I rather feel like a General Major!) which I will wear with a red tie as pictured and a white blouse which I already own. Then another in a light fawn color which I think will be pleasant once summer hits – that one I shall wear with a navy tie and perhaps a white and navy striped blouse if I can find one.
Funds wouldn’t quite stretch to a hat to match both, so instead I purchased a red ribbon and a navy ribbon to dress my old hat for whichever suit I’m wearing, which I think will do the trick nicely.
I also ordered a dress of light grey. The layered skirt will flow so nicely when I’m doing the Charleston, and the ribbon at the collar means that I can wear it for smarter days at work – when a dignitary is visiting, for example – and also out to dinner or dancing in the evening.
I’m not yet sure what hat will suit it, as I fear that my old black one will be a little drab – but maybe after another week or two of my new paycheck, I will be able to purchase one of the newest “Cloche” hats. When I told Ida this, she said I might then be mistaken for Coco Chanel around the studio lot, which I think is a little flattering – but I’ll accept it all the same!
HAVE YOU BEEN DOING ANY SHOPPING LATELY? HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE NEW SHORTER SKIRTS – DO THEY MAKE YOU WANT TO RUN AND DANCE? OR DO YOU FEEL IT IS RIGHT AND PROPER FOR WOMEN’S CALVES TO REMAIN COVERED?
LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS!